ROCHESTER — The 2020 All State Festival and Winter Conference has been canceled, the The New York State School Music Association announced Tuesday.

Organizers decided that the health and safety of 900 student-musicians and 2,000 music educators attending for professional development is of the utmost importance, and couldn’t be guaranteed.

The annual event, which includes students and educators from the four-county GLOW region, was set to be conducted at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

“The selection process for the 2020 All-State ensembles are complete and students will be notified in August of their status,” NYSSMA President Dr. David M. Brown said in a news release. “While this year’s festival will not be held, we believe it is important to acknowledge the musical efforts of those students who applied by recognizing their acceptance into our prestigious ensembles. We hope that in some small way teachers, families, and friends can find a way to celebrate the accomplishment of being selected to a New York All-State Ensemble.”

NYSSMA is the largest state affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. Its mission is to advance music education across New York State for its membership and students in member school programs.

Throughout NYSSMA’s history, the decision to cancel the All State Festival and Winter Conference has been made only twice: during the war years of 1943 to 1945, and because of the 1991 ice storm.

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